In Search of A Paper Die Cut Machine

After making the pop box card/envelopes and designing  the contents for my Explosion Box, I realized a lot of hand cutting was involved. For what I had in mind a paper die cutter was definitely needed. This is my journey and research into picking the right paper die cut machine for ME. EVERYONE’s needs may be different.


  1. No mat
  2. No expensive cartridges
  3. Good customizable software
  4. Reasonable price
  5. Ability to cut 12″x 12″, 8.5″x11″, scrap card stock
  6. Ability to cut other materials
  7. Color variety

My research led me to the most popular but after reviewing forums, I realized #1 & #2 of my criteria. I also knew I would not use the majority of cartridge designs, did not want to maintain or buy mats and would prefer to design many of my own designs. You Tube was a good resource for different die cut machines. , blogs, and Yahoo Group forums were also great research sources. Next I set a price, notated my criteria in a notebook then made a comparison chart for each of the models I was considering. It came down to the Pazzle and the ECrafte by Craftwell. For me I really wanted to use third party software to enhance what I could do. I listed the pros and cons. Next I Googled the prices. This led me to for the eCraft   where I not only saved a lot but saved more by joining the OClub and gained $42 in reward points and FREE shipping. I chose Make The Cut software to create cutting files. Their website had a special and I saved $20 dollars!! WOOT WOOT! It also turns out they had recently joined Craftwell to make the software compatible with the eCrafter. (I learned that from the YahooGroup forum). *What I’m learning is that it’s SOFTWARE, SOFTWARE, SOFTWARE. Then the machine you want/need. It turns out that not only can the eCrafter cut out intricate designs as small as 1/2″ but it also cuts, paper, cardstock, vinyl, vellum, fabric, some types of felt, magnetic, chip board, etc. Anything not thicker than 1mm. Best of all, it came in a variety of colors including my favorite color of blue! HURRAY!!

LOL Now I need a craft room . . . . . .